WEBINAR: Sustainable Finance from a transatlantic perspective

Join Hume Brophy and Chartwell Strategy for a timely panel discussion addressing these questions on Sustainable Finance from a transatlantic perspective on Wednesday, 19 May at 10 ET/ 16 CEST.

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UK Public Affairs
Great Britain Election Analysis

After a long weekend of counting the dust has settled on one of the most interesting series of local and regional elections in Great Britain.

Hume Brophy’s UK Public Affairs expert Mark MacGregor shares his insights with input from Kevin Pringle, a partner at Edinburgh’s Charlotte Street Partners on the Scottish Parliament elections results.

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Media
Can’t Stop The Feeling

Typically many public relations companies will discuss reputation in the context of crisis comms. As if reputation is only something to be considered or strategised for in the event of a crisis.  And of course, it goes without saying (almost) that it is wise to have a crisis comms strategy in place to deal with the worst should it arise.  But in truth, public relations IS reputation.  Everything a company does, from CSR, to consumer activations, to corporate comms, is in aid of the ultimate goal of conveying a “good” reputation.  The other big piece of public relations is letting people know that a person, product or service exists, but that awareness-raising still carries the communication of the message of good reputation.  Reputation, you see, is “everything” as one of the Kardashians might say.

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European Affairs
People vs. Machines – Europe’s New AI Rules

The European Commission has published its proposal for a new, dedicated Regulation on Artificial Intelligence. At the core of the proposal lies a risk-based regulatory approach, whereby certain AI practices are to be prohibited, others are to be labelled “high-risk” with correspondingly strict requirements, while other AI systems which pose “limited risk” and “minimal risk” will have to adhere to basic transparency requirements or can operate without facing additional rules, respectively.

 

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European Affairs
SFDR – The end of the beginning

A little bit more than one month after the beginning of its implementation, the regulation has raised some serious questions and concerns from asset managers, with some struggling to precisely identify which of their ESG and sustainable funds are eligible as article 8 or 9 products under the new requirements. The complications increase when we begin to consider the cross-border element of regulatory expectations asset managers might have to satisfy when operating across multiple different jurisdictions. The Hume Brophy team reflects on the impact the SFDR regulation has had on the industry and the complications that need to be overcome if the regulation is to be a success.

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Sustainability
EU transport policy: from incremental change to fundamental shift

A bold vision for transport policy that is grounded in practicality, the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy from the European Commission charts a course to an exciting destination.

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European Affairs
Improving transparency & sustainability in EU supply chains

The European Commission is taking action to ensure companies develop sustainable corporate governance models and supply chains, reporting publicly on the environmental, social and human rights impacts of business activities and on measures they are putting in place to achieve responsible business conduct. Its initiatives will impact on companies based or operating in the EU as well as on those exporting to the EU from third countries.

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Events
WEBINAR: China and its 14th Five Year Plan

The Chinese government recently presented its 14th Five Year Plan. It comes at a time of significant tension between China, the EU, the US and the UK over trade and other issues.

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Healthcare
Future of Irish Healthcare Post COVID-19

What changes can we expect in Ireland’s health landscape in the aftermath of a global pandemic that has changed everything?

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International Affairs
China trade at a crossroads – is it possible to rebuild trust?

As figures show that last year Chinese business activity in the United Kingdom remained resilient despite the backdrop of trade tensions and disruption, we asked Hume Brophy’s international trade expert and former representative of Hong Kong to the WTO, Stuart Harbinson to  shares some thoughts on what may come next for China’s trade relations with the UK and major trade superpowers.

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